Use threads to organize discussions

Start a thread from any message to organize discussions within channels and direct messages (DMs). Threads let you discuss topics in detail without adding clutter to a conversation’s main view, and make it easier to keep track of discussions.

What to expect

  • Threads are connected to the original message. Replies won’t appear in the conversation’s main view.
  • You can follow a thread in any channel you're in to keep track of the discussion.
  • Only those who have contributed to or followed the thread will be notified of new replies. Using an @here or @channel mention in a thread won’t notify members in the conversation.

Animated GIF showing how to start and reply to a thread


Start or reply to a thread

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  1. Hover over the message you'd like to reply to.
  2. Click the  Reply in thread icon.
  3. Type your reply.
  4. Send your message.
  1. Tap the message you’d like to reply to.
  2. Tap the  Start a thread icon, or tap the Add a reply field to add to an existing thread.
  3. Type your reply.
  4. Tap the   paper plane icon to send your message.
  1. Tap the message you’d like to reply to.
  2. Tap the  Start a thread icon, or tap the Add a reply field to add to an existing thread.
  3. Type your reply.
  4. Tap the   paper plane icon to send your message.

Tip: When other members in the conversation would benefit from seeing your thread reply, you can send your reply back to the channel or DM’s main view. Simply check the box below your message before sending it.


Manage the threads you follow

You’ll be notified of new replies to a thread if you started a thread, replied to a thread, or were mentioned in the original message or any thread replies. For a thread you haven’t engaged with, you can choose to follow it to stay in the loop. To stop receiving notifications of new activity, you can unfollow a thread at any point.

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  1. Hover over the thread.
  2. Click the  three dots icon.
  3. Select Follow thread to receive notifications for all new thread replies, or Unfollow thread to stop receiving notifications.
  1. Tap the thread.
  2. Tap the  three dots icon below the original message.
  3. Select  Follow Thread to receive notifications for all new thread replies, or  Unfollow Thread to stop receiving notifications.
  1. Tap the thread.
  2. Tap the  three dots icon below the original message.
  3. Select  Follow Thread to receive notifications for all new thread replies, or  Unfollow Thread to stop receiving notifications.


View all threads

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Select Threads at the top of your left sidebar to see all the conversations you’re following, where threads with unread replies will appear at the top of the list. From your Threads view, you can do the following:

From the  Home tab, tap Threads at the top of your screen to see all the conversations you're following, where threads with unread replies will appear at the top of the list. From your Threads view, you can do the following:
  • To add to a thread, tap Reply.
  • Unfollow a thread if you'd no longer like to be notified of new replies.
From the  Home tab, tap Threads at the top of your screen to see all the conversations you're following, where threads with unread replies will appear at the top of the list. From your Threads view, you can do the following:
  • To add to a thread, tap Reply.
  • Unfollow a thread if you'd no longer like to be notified of new replies.

Tip: When you've read a thread reply that you’d like to come back to later, you can mark the message as unread.

Who can use this feature?
  • All members and guests
  • FreeStandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid plans